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Depleted Albania find inner strength

Published: Saturday 5 September 2009, 2.45CET
Albania 1-0 Azerbaijan
The hosts claimed their first Group 10 win at the third attempt, despite being badly hit by a stomach virus prior to the match.
by Fatjon Pandovski
Depleted Albania find inner strength
Albanian midfielder Emiljano Vila ©www.albaniasoccer.com
Published: Saturday 5 September 2009, 2.45CET

Depleted Albania find inner strength

Albania 1-0 Azerbaijan
The hosts claimed their first Group 10 win at the third attempt, despite being badly hit by a stomach virus prior to the match.

Albania won their first match in Group 10 in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship despite their squad having been badly hit by a stomach virus prior to the match.

Own goal
The only goal came from Azerbaijan's Eshgin Guliyev who put through his own net on 63 minutes as Albania picked up their first points at the third time of asking to consign the visitors to defeat in their opening game. Albania's preparations were thrown into turmoil by a virus that led to striker Ahmet Jonuzi and central defender Ditmar Bici, both key players, spending the night before the game in hospital. Neither recovered in time, so Emiljan Vila was called in from the senior side to bolster the depleted U21 ranks.

Vila threat
The midfielder's presence made all the difference. Albania dominated possession in midfield with Vila a constant threat. He created first-half openings for Vilfor Hysa and Erando Karabeci, but both shot wide when well placed. The decisive moment came on 63 minutes when Odise Roshi, who had come on for Hair Zeqiri ,who had also spent the previous evening in hospital, set up Erando Karabeci whose shot was deflected in off Azeri defender Guyiev.

Last updated: 27/03/13 5.14CET

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Lineups

Albania

Albania

Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

1
MockaShpetim Mocka (GK)
1
Ag. MammadovAgil Mammadov (GK)
4
SaminaKlodian Samina
2
MedvedevMaksim Medvedev
Yellow Card83
5
ZeqiriHair Zeqiri
Substitution46
5
NarimanovTural Narimanov
6
ArberiPolizoi Arberi
6
NovruzovTagim Novruzov
Substitution77
7
HysaVilfor Hysa
7
PashayevParvin Pashayev
8
LilajSabien Lilaj
9
E. GuliyevEshgin Guliyev
Goal63
Substitution69
10
KarabeciErando Karabeci
Yellow Card67
10
IsmayilovAfran Ismayilov
11
VeliuFranc Veliu
11
AliyevRauf Aliyev
13
MalotaRenato Malota
13
S. RahimovShahriyar Rahimov
Yellow Card50
Substitution88
15
BalajBekim Balaj
Substitution46
14
SoltanovBakhtiyar Soltanov
17
VilaEmilian Vila
Substitution90
15
N. MammadovNodar Mammadov (C)

Substitutes

12
OlsiBishani Olsi (GK)
12
SadigovElchin Sadigov (GK)
2
TragajBazjon Tragaj
3
V. HuseynovVurğun Huseynov
3
MetaniMigel Metani
4
T. GuliyevTarlan Guliyev
9
HithiIndrit Hithi
Substitution90
8
MustafayevEmin Mustafayev
14
ThanaJozef Thana
16
RahimovFarrukh Rahimov
Substitution88
16
RoshiOdise Roshi
Substitution46
17
JafarguliyevEmin Jafarguliyev
Substitution77
18
GavaOrgest Gava
Substitution46
19
IsgandarovTural Isgandarov
Substitution69
Yellow Card79

Coach

Artan Bushati (ALB) Bernhard Lippert (GER)

Referee

Stefano Podeschi (SMR)

Assistant referees

Manuel Giusti (SMR), Massimo Zanotti (SMR)

Fourth official

Gabriele Rossi (SMR)

Legend:

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  • SubstitutionSubstitution
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